Charles Dharapak/AP
Tim Nudd
August 08, 2014 08:30 AM

The Secret Service dealt with the world’s smallest threat Thursday night, as a toddler slipped through the White House gates and on to the North Lawn – triggering a security alert.

The White House was locked down, Pennsylvania Avenue was closed, and the gates were shut, following protocol, before the pint-size interloper was apprehended.

Edwin Donovan, a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service, told the press that the toddler, who was not identified, received the appropriate punishment.

“We were going to wait until he learned to talk to question him, but in lieu of that he got a timeout and was sent on [his] way with parents,” Donovan said.

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